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You + me on New Year’s Eve... plus a banana slicer.
Marvel Bar

New Year’s Eve is the biggest night of the year for revelers of all ages to go out, see and be seen, and nibble their way into a new year. While most restaurants are open on New Year’s Eve, we thought we’d share a few that offer an outing that is a bit out of the ordinary. From over-the-top culinary shenanigans to the surprise appearance of a beloved burger, here are five New Year’s Eve celebrations that don’t require a suit and tie. 2016 may have been a bit...harsh, but maybe a couple of pizzas and brews will help. Here are five slightly out-of-the-box options for dining out on the last day of the year.

What’s your favorite spot to ring in the new year? Let us know in the comments.

Hoist a glass in honor of Prince at Punch Bowl Social.
Punch Bowl Social

Punch Bowl Social

For the Minnesota location’s inaugural New Year’s Eve bash, the theme is appropriately “Party Like it’s 1999” in honor of Prince. There will be no cover charge, but lots of dancing, games and a champagne toast.. The chain’s menu is Southern inclined, with specialties like Black Eyed Pea Hummus and chicken ‘n waffles, but for this night only, there will also be Purple Rain punch made with Pierre Ferrand Cognac, blueberry syrup, lemon juice and sparkling wine.

Candyland at Union

For the third annual New Year’s Eve event at Union, all three levels will be transformed into “CandyLand-meets-Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory,” with treats like cotton candy, Kettle Corn and a “Candy Bar” featuring surprising sweets. Tickets to the sugary bash are $25, and bottle service will available on all three levels.

That’s a beautiful room to ring in the new year.
Photo courtesy of The Bachelor Farmer

Marvel Bar

If exclusivity is what you’re looking for, Marvel Bar has you covered. Booth and table rentals are available for parties of 6-10 people, and will include 1-2 magnums of Billecart-Salmon champagne. It’s kind of like having a private cabana at one of the hottest bars in town. Spots are very limited.

It’s a culinary playground even on a Tuesday, just imagine NYE inside Travail.
Katie Cannon


Take your pick of several rousing ways to ring in the new year with the Travail posse. There are two prefix dinner seating to choose from, which include unlimited bubbly and beer, as well as a more casual cocktail party where one can feast on small plates and those kooky interactive food stations Travailian parties have become famous for.

If you drink enough, it’ll feel like summer.
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Psycho Suzi’s

Can’t get to the tropics this year? The islands come to Psycho Suzi's for New Year’s Eve, which is not too different than every other day there. What makes this night special is the Polynesian Passport, which gets you appetizers, four island cocktails of your choosing, music from DJ Shane Kramer of Transmission Music, unlimited photo booth usage and a champagne toast at Midnight.

Viva la Vincent burger!
Katie Cannon

Vincent’s Burger Pop Up

New Year’s Eve 2015 saw the closing of beloved Vincent’s, but the specialties (and burger!) that made it famous will return to Cooper on December 31, where Chef Vincent Francoual hold a pop-up menu serving some of Vincent’s most popular signature dishes. Dishes will include the Vincent burger and duck burger sliders, roasted red beets carpaccio, pan seared scallops with leeks and fingerling potatoes, braised wild boar in lambic beer with roasted brussel sprout and butternut squash puree and Louis VX chocolate cake.

Inside Lyn 65. Photo by Katie Cannon
These guys know their chicken.
Katie Cannon /Eater Twin Cities

All-You-Can-Eat Fried Chicken

Lyn 65 has your back if what you really want to do is gorge on comfort food and wear stretchy pants. For $75 per person, belly up to all you can eat fried chicken with caviar, tots and champagne. This is an exclusive event with only 20 spots available at a communal table.

Red Wagon goes fancy for NYE.

Red Wagon Tasting Menu

Red Wagon in South Minneapolis is mostly known for imaginative pizzas like the Drunken Pear or the Bahn Mi pizza. But to ring in a new a year, the restaurant is offering a five course tasting menu during two seatings. Courses include a canapé duo, chilled ham hock terrine, coal roasted ribeye polenta and a sweet surprise for dessert. Starting at 11:00 p.m., Red Wagon is throwing a Bubbles and Ball bash as well. It may all sound a bit stuffy for a pizza and pasta joint, but knowing owner Peter Campbell, everyone will be made to feel right at home and much merriment will be had.